Romantic Realignments is one of the longest-running research seminars in Oxford.

Past speakers have included Marilyn Butler, Gerard Carruthers, David Chandler, Heather Glen, Paul Muldoon, Philip Shaw, Fiona Stafford and Peter Swaab, to name but a few.

All are very welcome to submit an abstract — we aim to provide a friendly 'workshop' setting in which speakers can try out new papers as well as more finished pieces, and in which lively discussion can flourish.

Held on Thursdays at 5.15pm, Seminar Room A, St Cross (English Faculty) Building.

If you would like to send us an abstract or suggest a speaker, please contact the current convenors Katherine Fender, Sarah Goode and Honor Rieley at:


Romantic Graduate Forum

Tuesdays of Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 of Micahelmas Term
5.30-7.30pm The Bajpai Room, Balliol College

A new arena for postgraduates to try out ideas, prepare for conferences and discuss their work in progress. Papers on all topics bearing on the field are welcome and should be around 20minutes; please contact either James Baxendine ( or Anna Camilleri ( with a title and short summary of your topic.


Regrettably, and due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel the seminar for Week 2. Please accept our apologies. Romantic Realignments will of course resume next week.


Poetry Reading 5th February 2009

7pm The OCR, Balliol College

Robert Rehder will be reading from his most recent collection of poetry, First Things When (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation).

All are welcome.


Hilary Term 2009

Every Thursday, 5:15 – 6:45 pm
Ferrar Room, Hertford College

Week 1 – Thursday 22nd January
‘Readers Respond to Godwin: the Fabrication of Political Justice’
Prof Pamela Clemit (Durham University)

Week 2 – Thursday 29th January
‘Shelley and Familiarity’
Dr Tony Howe (Birmingham City University)

Week 3 – Thursday 5th February
‘William Blake, the Flaxmans, and the Alternative Bodies of Thomas Gray’s “Odes”’
Dr Luisa Cale (Birkbeck College, London)

Week 4 – Thursday 12th February
Please note change of time and venue: Massey Room, Balliol, 3:30 – 5:00
‘T.S. Eliot's Byron’
Prof Christopher Ricks (Oxford and Boston University)

Week 5 – Thursday 19th February
‘Beastly Humans: some thoughts on pre-Darwinian motifs’
Prof Martin Kemp (Trinity College, Oxford)

Week 6 – Thursday 26th February
'”Not Dead Yet!” Walter Scott and the Anatomy of the Scottish Nation’
Prof Caroline McCracken-Flesher (University of Wyoming)

Week 7 – Thursday 5th March
‘Investing in the Academy: William Etty as Perpetual Student’
Dr Martin Myrone (Tate Britain)

Week 8 – Thursday 12th March
‘Wordsworth and the Picture of the Mind’
Dr Simon Swift (University of Leeds)